Trine University announces promotions, new hires

By Catherine E. Porter
marketing and communication '16

FEB. 15 -- Trine University is pleased to announce the approval of several faculty promotions by the Board of Trustees. 

In the Office of Academic Affairs, Thomas “Toby” Swick was named dean of the Ketner School of Business (KSB) and Catherine Swick, Ph.D., was named associate dean of the School of Health Sciences. 

Toby Swick was promoted Jan. 4 and had served as the director of the KSB graduate programs and was KSB faculty member to the business school’s dean, . In addition to his career in academia, which included the title of director of graduate programs at several universities, he has also held the positions of sales manager and sales representative for several large companies. 

Catherine Swick, Ph.D., came from Bowling Green State University to Trine in 2010 as an assistant professor in exercise science. She worked alongside others to develop Trine’s exercise science department and curriculum and is currently the department chair. Additionally, she serves on Trine’s Physical Therapy Advisory Board and previously served as the accreditation representative for exercise science during the CAPTE (Department of Physical Therapy accreditation organization) visit. 

Other recent promotions, effective August 2016, include those to assistant professor, associate professor and full professor. Promoted to assistant professor are Catherine Benson, Brandy DePriest and Amy Nicholls. Those promoted to associate professor are Bill Barge, Ph.D., Timothy Jenkins, Ph.D., Pavan Karra, Ph.D., Marek Kolar, Ph.D., Ryan Overton, Ph.D., Brian Thomas, Ph.D., and Christina Zumbrun, Ph.D. Don Jones, Ph.D. has been promoted to full professor. 

In addition to the recent promotions, a number of new hires in academics have been welcomed to Trine University. Erin M. Johnson, Ph.D., has been hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering & Technology; Dawn LaBarbera, Ph.D., PA-C, director of Trine’s physician’s assistant studies program; Donna Wise, instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences; and Godfred Yamoah, Ph.D assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Informatics.